October 6th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama advantage grows

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Likely voters nationwide:

Obama: 53 percent
McCain: 45 percent

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) - A new national poll suggests Barack Obama is widening his edge over John McCain in the race for the White House.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday afternoon suggests that the country's financial crisis, record low approval ratings for President Bush, and a drop in the public's perception of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin all appear to be contributing factors in Obama’s gains among voters.

Fifty-three percent of likely voters questioned in the poll say they are backing Obama for president, with 45 percent supporting McCain. That 8 point edge is double the 4 point margin Obama held in the last CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken in mid-September.

Low approval numbers for the current commander-in-chief may be part of the reason Obama’s fortunes are rising in the latest survey: Only 24 percent of those polled approve of President Bush's job performance, an all-time low for a CNN survey.

"Bush has now tied Richard Nixon's worst rating ever, taken in a poll just before he resigned in 1974, and is only 2 points higher than the worst presidential approval rating in history, Harry Truman's 22 percent mark in February 1952," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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  1. boered1

    I guess Ms. "I am too good to be attacked but am allowed to attack" has bitten off more than the attack dog can chew! If she keeps pressing AWright I can see more coming out about her HUSBANDS ties to a successionist group (why don't we hear about THIS on CNN!?!) Her ites to a church that believes in speaking in tongues and snake handling and witchcraft. Her "blessing" from a Nigerian witchdoctor to keep her free from witch craft while Govenor. maybe her statement "I do not understand how Waqshingotn politicians anc first be for something than be against it" will be explained when she looks into her own past about the bridge to nowhere, for it when it got her votes against it when it turned into a political liability. But STILL built the road going to this now non-existant bridge against THE WISHES OF THE LEGISLATURE IN ALASKA. Yep maybe the only thing different between a pit bull and Palin is just lipstick, the rest is the same.. mindless attacks with no understanding

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. G. Gabelli

    If I didn’t know that McCain and Palin were a dangerous pair to run this country, I would actually feel sorry for McCain right now.

    I just watched and heard McCain give a speech filled with hate, fear, lies and smears against Barack Obama. There was absoultely nothing in his words that reflected any plans or ideas to move this country forward and fix all of our many problems.

    Anyone who listened to McCain today, and is truly honest about it, saw a man filled with panic and frantic desparation.

    John McCain is demonstrating to the world that in his overwhelming desire to win, he has become a pathetic and little man.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Mack

    Obama may be gaining in the polls, but he needs to answer the charges about his connections..I was 8 is not an answer.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. vicandjaye

    Am I the only one in America that see's John McCain and Sara Palin for what they really are (2 people that will do and say anything to win this election)? God help our nation and our world if they win.

    Vote smart – Obama-Biden '08!

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    McCain went from "hero" to "liar" and I am finding that more and more people are questioning the truthfulness of the political ads. I would never state that I approve of a message which is misleading or out and out false.

    That is why McCain lost my vote months ago. He went ugly.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Patty

    The more McCain smears the higher Obama's numbers.....this is a clear example of what has taken down the republican party....they tear down, we build up

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Derrick

    Turn out the lights. Light a Candle. Americas not in the Mood. Mccain and Palin havent a clue. There comes a time, when lies die, and the republicans can move to the moon. Bye Bye McSame and Caribu

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. facts are facts

    Unfortunately for John McCain his irrational behaviour and his resorting to slander instead of sticking to the facts has done him in big time. Obama will blow him out of the water in November and McCain has no one to blame but himself and his ridiculous campaign managers.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Jen B

    American voters are smart. McCain and Palin are not.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    Barack Obama's proclamation last July to being a "citizen of the world" was affirmed Monday as a new poll - taken before the August conventions - showed that in 16 out of 17 countries surveyed he was the overwhelming choice to be the next president of the United States The lone country to prefer a John McCain presidency: the U.S. good for McCain is running for president of the united states of America not the president of the wold

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Kay

    What happened, once again, to my comment. I guess , once again, it offended you because I spoke the truth regarding the republicans, McCain, Palin, Bush, Cheney. Oh well, reading the above comments shown above, I am not alone in feeling the way I do. I'm just more BLUNT. Truth hurts, doesn't it.

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Barack Obama's tendency through the Democratic primaries to perform better in exit polls than he actually does at the ballot box has some media organizations nervous heading into election night..................
    Paragraph 4...Exit polls frequently overstated Obama's vote during the primaries by as much as 3%.
    Doesn't that make you believe that as some folks have said, votes were stolen in the last presidential race? Give them time to fix it if Obama wins?
    What do you make of this?

    October 6, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Joey Fritts

    McCain may have once been an American hero. For his war effort and for the suffering he did on behalf of the country, he has my thanks. But, he is not able to be President. He appears sick. This sport is for a young man. Thanks for your contribution Senator but it is time to go home and let the young run the country. Times have changed. No one really buys the old Republican line anymore. You are speaking to younger educated people now. It's not like it was in the sixties. Just rest in mansion and let us take care of you now.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Lyndon

    I'd like to thank John McCain for inadvertently campaigning for Barack Obama instead of for themselves. And when your self-serving, hypocritical campaign is blown into smithereens by the Obama campaign and American voters alike, you'll have nowhere else to turn other than into the mirror, where you'll see a shell of the man that all Americans once respected as a gentleman and war hero.

    Have fun lobbing grenades at Obama these last 30 days. The final bomb on November 4th will end your White House endeavors.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Tiff of lithia springs

    I have also already voted for Barack Obama the next President for the United States. Yeah Baby.

    Drill that Mc NOSHAME. And cheap not even a real barbie.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. john

    I think Senator Obama can stay above the fray. The charges from McCain and Palin are so weak, now that people know how intelligent and honorable he is that the strategy will backfire. McCain/ Palin could soon be near Bush in approval rating.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Concern in Ohio

    McCain talk to me about what you and Palin are going to do to fix this economy? Tell me how are you going to help my 401(k) portfolio so I can retire with 7,9,11 houses and 13 cars!!!!!!!!!!

    Where are the new ideas MAVERICK????????

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. SYLVIA (Georgia)

    I feel more comfortable with Obama/Biden ticket than Mcain/Pallin/Bush ticket. He is smart, and is not hot headed. Just like I have mentioned during this Campaign, that Mcain the Membrane /Pallin is the same as Bush failing policies.GO GO Obama/Biden No Matter What Mcain/Pallin says. These are all scare tactics. They have always played a dirty campaign.We are all worried about food being put on table and our future for America.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. bjyellen

    In the last month up to the election, the campaigns should be talking about their programs to deal with the issues that are on the minds of the electorate. .I guess if you nothing to say you dredge up this nonsense. An examination of McCain's history brings us back to the Keating Five, S & L scandel up to the present whith his swift boat tactics and campaign staff of lobbyists and former lobbyists. I do believe that Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan are doing gymnastics in their graves.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. BT IN CO

    The defense that Obama didn't know Ayer's history at the time they met is one more in a long line of steaming piles of BS. Even I learned about the Weather Underground in college, and I lived in Boston and was not a student of government at the time. Of course he knew what his neighbor had done!

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. JK Ashburn, VA

    This is the guy who wants to lead change. The market has another bad day and he tells President Bush to do something about it.... something must be done!!! Well, he wants to be our leader.... what is it he would recommend? What "change" would he propose?

    So far, this guy is all yack and no specifics. This is the guy who forced the changes in the Community Reinvestment Act that led to Fannie and Freddie doing stupid stuff and tanking the economy. Change? To what?

    He'll only be specific after the election.... then it'll be too late.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. ralph

    Woah! Looks like McCain has not only adopted the same failed policies of of George Bush, but also the failed campaign strategies of Bob Dole. McCain has started the same liberal, liberal, liberal chant that Dole tried against Clinton.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Marilou Forsberg

    I don't understand why SOMEONE doesn't ask John McCain about all of his known ties to the GAMBLING INDUSTRY !!!! The New York Times had a three (3) page artical on this Sunday a week ago, and yet todate, no news program has picked it up. Anderson, Cambell.....where are you ?
    Obama......your team needs a commercial that has McCain and his team around a Craps Table throwing $100 chips to see who will be the one to own up to all the lies they are spreading !!!!!

    Please help get the word out about this issue......

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. a different sarah (no winks)

    It is a sad day in this country when hate and fear-mongering are the leading tactic for a presidential candidate–especially during these troubled times. Nothing in his or Palin's behavior is remotely patriotic, or Christian, or representative of the way most Americans want to be personally or view their leaders. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.

    I wish there could be a four-person debate where we would see Obama and Biden standing side-by-side and facing off against McCain and Palin. One team represents hope and optimism and looking toward a brighter future, while the other is cynical, hostile, and repeatedly insults the intelligence of all Americans.

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    Are you there God? It's me, MCPALIN...Can you tell me why we are losing in the RED State of VA?

    Well John, It's because you are MCSAME–Virginians are JUST AS TIRED as the REST of the country of Bush, I mean YOUR policies. Perhaps if you could come up with a viable solution to this economic crisis that we are in, maybe the American people (and God) will hear you (NOT!)

    Keep up the good work VA. OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!

    October 6, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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